You know, truth be told, there’s more than a couple of IoT geeks on our team here at Monterail. In late 2015, we set up a Raspberry Pi-based smart office system at our Wrocław offices, a process that one of my co-workers described in detail in a separate blog post. Since nearly three years have passed since the installation of the system, and given that we’ve grown a lot during these two years, we’ve decided that it was time to introduce a couple of upgrades to the system and make our office even smarter.
Amazon Alexa, the popular voice assistant helping with everyday tasks, has become a best friend to many households in the US and elsewhere. The list of available features for Alexa, released by both Amazon and third parties, keeps growing steadily, but according to reports from January of 2018, that the total number of skills (apps) working in the US only 25,784. More vendors are looking to integrate their product with the voice assistant—currently, you can link it to your Gmail account, your calendar, phone, or even home lighting.
This is a guest post written by Jocelyn Brown - freelance technology writer specializing in home and business solutions and developments.
We know that for some people hardware devices plus Agile just doesn’t sum up. Agile may even feel a bit odd for hardware development, with all the tools and processes behind it. The problem is, hardware is often deprived of iterative development and therefore its release may be overwhelmingly stressful (and exciting for sure) for the company.
In the IoT cloud world, there are few brands that are recognisable at the beginning. IBM BlueMix is one of them. Moreover, they are one of the pioneers in IoT cloud solutions. They’ve grown to be a platform that has a breadth of functionalities that I have not seen in any competitors. The whole service is split into 12 categories which help in whole system design and navigation in created architecture.
A few months ago I bought a smartband. The main idea being prosaic - I wanted to receive notifications from a smartphone as well as have a good pedometer. A few weeks after the purchase, the same company came out with a new version of the device that included one great feature… a heartbeat detector.
A while ago three members of our IoT team recently had a chance to visit the beautiful city of Barcelona in order to participate in one of the best known and most exciting IoT events this year - IoT Solutions World Congress Barcelona. As regular IoT events attendees we wanted to share with you our thoughts (and show you some great photos from this year edition)!
IoT - Internet of Things has been a hot topic in IT industry for some time. It's currently considered to be the fastest growing market, so why not have a closer look about how to build your first prototype, using cutting edge technologies for creating IoT proof of concept projects.
Last year, when Monterail decided to change their office to be a bigger and better-designed place , they decided that it should also be smarter. I was introduced to the team as a person who could make this happen. I collaborated with Monterail during the renovation of their new home and then finally joined the team.